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MLS Picks, Odds and Best Bets for Monday, July 13

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Another day, another postponement from the MLS is Back Tournament in the bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex outside of Orlando, Fla.

Sunday's early-morning match between Toronto FC and DC United was postponed after a DC played tested positive for coronavirus and a Toronto played had one inconclusive result.

Toronto's match against DC was originally scheduled for Friday, but delayed as the team arrived to the bubble late. The good news for fans of either side is that they do not appear to be in as dire straits as the two clubs expelled from the tournament and bubble, and the game was rescheduled for Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET. As DC United's official Twitter account said: "Third time's the charm?" We'll see.

 Toronto FC posted a 1-0 victory against New York City FC back on March 7 in their final game before the pause button was pressed due to COVID-19. DC United registered a 2-1 win over Inter Miami CF on March 7 in their final appearance before the hiatus.

LAFC and Houston Dynamo are set to meet in the 8:00 p.m. ET match, with the LA Galaxy and Portland battling in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET, great news for their internal clocks, since it would be 7:30 p.m. their time during normal circumstances.

For bettors keeping track of the totals, the ‘under’ is 4-3 through Saturday's games, while favorites are 5-1 with one draw.

MLS is Back Tournament Betting Results
Wager Favorites-Underdogs-Draws
Straight Up 6-1-1
Total (Over-Under) Results
Game 3-5
First-Half 1-7
Both teams to Score
Yes or No 2-6

MLS is Back Tournament
Monday's Best Bets

Toronto FC vs. DC United

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
TV: ESPN/ESPN Deportes

MLS Betting Odds
Toronto FC (+100)
DC United (+240)
Draw (+250)

MLS - Money-Line Pick

DC United (+240)

DC United is still a rather heavy underdog in this one, but let's roll with them against Toronto FC, which seems a bit snakebitten. They arrived to the bubble late, they had a player test which turned out inconclusive, and they might be a bit in disarray for this match. We'll find out a lot about what the Toronto side is made of in this first match, if they even take the pitch. It would be shocking if they are able to cobble together a win.

MLS Over-Under Pick

Under 2.5 goals (-134)

Professional athletes are creatures of habit, and having a game pushed back not once, but twice, has to be playing some mind games on each side. Don't be surprised to see them fire out of the chute early, only to rain themselves out of energy. It might be a scoreless first half. Plus, an early start time plus the long layoff and rust will do over hopeful bettors no favors.

Prediction

DC United 1, Toronto FC 0

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Los Angeles FC vs. Houston Dynamo

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN/ESPN Deportes

MLS Betting Odds
LAFC (-143)
Houston Dynamo (+340)
Draw (+325)

MLS - Money-Line Pick

LAFC (-143)

Houston was tattooed by Sporting Kansas City by a 4-0 count in their most recent appearance, and they also have a 1-1 draw under their belts against the Galaxy. This Dynamo side isn't much for defense, and playing against a solid LAFC side won't help them to their first victory of the season. Dynamo might hang for a bit, but eventually LAFC will pull away in the second half.

MLS Over-Under Pick

Over 3.5 goals (-106)

I don't feel good about Houston's chances of suddenly becoming a defensive machine. They have allowed five goals in the first two matches of the regular season, and now they'll be a bit rusty after the long layoff. Good teams have showed out early in the MLS is Back Tournament, while bad teams have also looked the part. Expect LAFC to add to Houston's woes, perhaps taking care of the over all by themselves.

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Prediction

LAFC 3, Houston Dynamo 1

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN/ESPN Deportes

MLS Betting Odds
LA Galaxy (+165)
Portland (+150)
Draw (+270)

MLS - Money-Line Pick

Portland (+150)

The draw is actually very tempting at this price, but roll with the Timbers. They're 3-1-1 against the Galaxy across their past five meetings, including a pair of 4-0 curb-stompings in the previous two meetings. LA is also without Jonathan dos Santos due to a hernia injury, so that doesn't help. But hey, at least the Galaxy also has Joe Corona out for this game. That has to be seen as fortunate that they're without Corona, right?

MLS Over-Under Pick

Under 3.5 goals (-162)

This seems like an awfully lot of goals for a Galaxy team which netted just one goal in its first two matches, and a Timbers side which amassed just two goals in two games. Portland also allowed just 1.5 goals per game in the first two, while the Galaxy yielded a total of just two markers. This has the makings of a 1-0 match, although we have seen 2.5 or more goals in each of the previous three meetings across all competitions. Still, that's during normal times with normal rest. Expect rust here, too. This is a recording.

Prediction

Portland 1, LA Galaxy 0

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